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A 24-year veteran of the underground Hip-Hop scene and Turntablist community, DJ Killa-Jewel has rocked decks across North America, Europe and Asia at some of the most prestigious clubs, concerts and festivals to date. Well-known for her collaboration with Thud Rumble’s DJ Q-Bert in his ‘Do It Yourself Vol. 2’ DVD, and extensive touring with Canadian actor and director Robert Lepage, Killa-Jewel’s participation in numerous DJ battles including the Canadian DMCs, ITF Scratching Categories (NYC), the World Vestax Extravaganza (Japan), and the Red Bull Thre3Style Canadian Finals (Calgary) anchored her place amongst the best in the industry.

The world-renowned turntablist has propelled to the top of her class by fusing hip-hop with the theatre milieu, composing “turntable music” live for theatrical productions. In 2014, she unofficially released her first album, Saudade, followed by self-produced EP Reckless in 2020, featuring collaborations with Nate Husser, Wasiu, Ras Kass and Sereni-T. Reckless is a project that brings together the classic boom bap hip-hop era with the dry, bassy, 808 rhythms and sounds of mainstream cloud rap. With the use of her own voice as a singer on the record, she solidified her status as both a producer and performing artist.

This year, Killa-Jewel announced her signing to Hydrophonik Records (mother company Indica Records) via Universal Music Canada, and is set to release her next EP, Sagittarius, on October 22nd, 2021. On her most recent releases with the label, PixStar and Pipe Dreams, she marries two different worlds; one for the hardcore turntablist fans who enjoy a range of different scratch techniques, and the other for those whose ears are more attune to the time signature and electronically-synthesized sounds of modern-day trap music.

DJ Killa-Jewel’s influences are varied, adding to her ever-changing complexity and uniqueness. She writes all of her own music and spends a large amount of time considering conceptual takes on her work, which bring an element of theatricalism and originality to her work. Her use of sampling feels so distinct and personal to her, likely due to the fact that by her own admission, she keeps running a list of songs that make her feel something, that act as inspiration to her and help her avoid any creative slumps.

Having faced multiple artistic reinventions throughout the past couple of years, Killa-Jewel changes her style and evolves at a constant pace to encapsulate the essence of a modern artist. Her main goal as an artist is to bring listeners on a sonic journey, an aim that ties in closely with her personal philosophy of viewing life as one big trip. She produces her music like this, starting at the beginning without ever planning where the track will end up. DJ Killa-Jewel hopes listeners are taken on this same journey, being continuously inspired and surprised by her music, never knowing what to expect and loving her all the more for it.

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